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Title: Bransty
Post by: Potter80 on October 19, 2017, 10:28:27 AM

I started out in N Gauge at a young age when my Uncle bought me a Graham Farish Magnum layout when I was about ~10 ish. After a 27 year break I thought I'd get back into again inspired by my Brother-in-law who's into various gauges of model railways.

Most of my old stock was based around where I used to live in Whitehaven, Cumbria so this seemed an obvious place to set me first layout. As this was my first layout I thought I'd stick roughly to a ready-made plan so used one of the Peco layouts and used set-track in the most part, apart from the straight bits where I used flexi-track.   

Created the layout in SCARM and printed it out full size to see if it would fit onto the board I found in the loft.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/6385-191017102450.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56869)

After cutting the track to size I then glued it to the baseboard and all seemed fine so far!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/6385-191017102726.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56870)
Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: Newportnobby on October 19, 2017, 10:37:52 AM
Hi Potter80, and welcome to the forum :wave:
Good to see you've made a start, and that you've quickly got the hang of posting pics!
Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: red_death on October 19, 2017, 11:05:22 AM
A man after my own heart - I'm also from Whitehaven (though not lived there for a long time).

I've also started (but never finished) a small layout of Whitehaven (though long after it was called Bransty!) in the late 90s to now.  I've scratch built the modern station building and got lots of detail shots - let me know if you need any photos from about 4 or 5 years ago and I will see if I can find where I've saved them!

Cheers, Mike
Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: Potter80 on October 19, 2017, 11:25:34 AM

Small world! Would like to see the photos if you've got them somewhere.

The layout I've created is sadly not very representative of the actual Branstry/Whitehaven stations, I think I'll need to wait for Bransty2 for that. Ideally I'd have William Pit, the Coke Ovens/Shipyard and also some of the harbour area and town but being my first go at making a layout I wanted to keep things simple and space didn't really allow for anything too big.

Where I can I've add Whitehaven-esq elements so have got LNWR/LMS livery on the buildings, the Candlestick Chimney, some buildings in the closest match to sandstone I could find on my budget and also a small bit of the Howgill brake,  but I'll post photos of those when I've got a bit more time.

Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: Potter80 on October 19, 2017, 08:02:42 PM
Next up was the ballasting which I rushed and as a result managed to glue nearly all my points together. The source of all the problems I have with it since. Wish I could back and give myself a pep talk!

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/6385-191017193530.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56878)

After many hours with a craft knife I managed to get most of them working again although one in particular still causes bother even now  :(

Next up was  adding some height to the scenery. Always liked retaining walls for some strange reason so added one of these and also a tunnel at the near-side alongside the wall. Went with some polystyrene I had lying around and used masking tape as I had loads of this left over from various DIY projects.
(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/6385-191017194050.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56879)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/6385-191017194157.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56880)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/6385-191017194255.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56881)

Really wanted a Coal Mine to stick with the Whitehaven theme but there just wasn't enough space on the layout to do one justice I didn't think. Instead went with Brewery which was fun to make.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/6385-191017194517.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56884)

Since then I've progressing around the board completing the corner hill

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/6385-191017194820.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56885)

Added some sheep and a modified Metcalfe Engine Shed using some stone card.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/6385-191017195043.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56886)

Candlestick and Brake

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/6385-191017195213.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56887)

And to bring it up to date, added a backscreen which was more faff that I'd realised. Needed to reduce the width of the platform as it was just too wide which was a faff. Also started on the station modfying another kit and painting in LNWR/LMS colours. Will probably add another 50% to the width of the canopy and maybe some sort of outline of the main station building. Wasn't sure what to do with the island platform. Originally had planned another canopy there but it's too narrow.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/56/6385-191017195654.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=56889)

Comments and thoughts welcome!

More photos and videos here if you're interested: https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_fergusons/albums/72157677753048331 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_fergusons/albums/72157677753048331)
Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: port perran on October 19, 2017, 08:19:53 PM
Welcome aboard Potter.
That’s a neat and tidy little layout.
Thanks for sharing the pictures with us. And we all made (or still make) mistakes- the main thing is to learn from them.
Enjoy your modelling.
Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: RailGooner on October 19, 2017, 09:00:15 PM
welcome aboard Potter80! :wave:

 :greatpicturessign: :thankyousign:

Great modelling there. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: lil chris on October 19, 2017, 09:12:42 PM
Welcome aboard the forum, nice layout looking good. I like how you have modified the Metcalfe station canopy's to fit along the walling, nicely done.
Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: Innovationgame on October 20, 2017, 06:28:55 AM
Really impressive progress.  How long has it taken you to get this far?
Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: keithbythe sea on October 20, 2017, 07:40:23 AM
Welcome Potter. Looking good,  :thankyousign:
Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: Bealman on October 20, 2017, 07:48:43 AM
G'day from Australia, Potter, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:

That's fast progress, and looking great!  :beers:
Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: Potter80 on October 20, 2017, 08:22:41 AM
Cheers for the kind comments.

I started the layout in January this year so about 10 months . Most of the effort was before my son arrived in May! Since then I've been kinda busy with nappy changing etc but have managed to get the odd 30 mins in the garage more recently during the evening to add to it.

I've found that a lot of the fun is planning and researching what could be added not just in the making and running so I'm not in a particular rush to finish up just yet. Also once it's finished I'll probably need to start another one I think and that'll need serious negotiation! 

Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: Bealman on October 20, 2017, 08:42:47 AM
 :laughabovepost: :laughabovepost:

Sure will!  :beers:

And congrats on your new son.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: Innovationgame on October 20, 2017, 08:47:48 AM
That's fantastic progress!  I've been working on mine for a year now and I'm nowhere near as far as advanced as you with the scenery.  That's a great performance!
Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: Potter80 on November 30, 2017, 09:22:54 PM
Found the time to finish off the station building and added a few extra bits of canopy. Loosely based on the original Whitehaven-Bransty station from photos in this excellent book on the railways around the town: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Whitehaven-Railways-Waggonways-Unique-Cumberland/dp/0954023250 (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Whitehaven-Railways-Waggonways-Unique-Cumberland/dp/0954023250)

Can't see to find the equivalent photos on the web. This is the station entrance but the profile I've tried to get is the view along Platform 1(?) behind, beside the tunnel entrance. Difficult to get the right perspective in 2D. Wish I had a bit more space for a more 3D representation. 

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=whitehaven+bransty&client=firefox-b&dcr=0&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjr8b3vm-fXAhXlK8AKHbTDDp8Q_AUICygC&biw=1325&bih=761#imgrc=P1NKznuVZ-5o5M: (https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=whitehaven+bransty&client=firefox-b&dcr=0&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjr8b3vm-fXAhXlK8AKHbTDDp8Q_AUICygC&biw=1325&bih=761#imgrc=P1NKznuVZ-5o5M:)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/58/6385-301117211849.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=58768)
Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: JohnN on December 01, 2017, 10:25:37 AM
That's coming on a treat, a really lovely looking layout. And even more impressive given the 27 year gap and how far you've come with it in a relatively short space of time.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: port perran on December 01, 2017, 11:38:11 AM
Looking really good.
Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: Potter80 on January 31, 2018, 07:43:19 PM
Found the time over Christmas to add a few more bits to the layout. Started with the brewery adding a brick wall to divide the central road area creating a yard area which will get populated with barrels, sacks and men doing brewery stuff in time. Have only got a LMS truck in there at the moment

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/61/6385-310118193712.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=61414)

I also added an water crane which according to the packet is an LNWR one which fits the theme. Couldn't find any photos of one in the Cumbria area so we'll assume its fine!

Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: Train Waiting on January 31, 2018, 08:36:58 PM

I also added an water crane which according to the packet is an LNWR one which fits the theme. Couldn't find any photos of one in the Cumbria area so we'll assume its fine!

For a layout based on the Bransty are of Whitehaven, I think a L&NWR water crane is ideal.  As would be a Furness Railway one.

Your layout is coming on very well indeed; congratulations!

With best wishes.

Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: Potter80 on February 01, 2018, 09:25:53 PM
Cheers for the kind feedback.

I uploaded a few videos to Flickr recently.

Tried out some double heading based on photos (http://cumbrianrailways.zenfolio.com/p536504184 (http://cumbrianrailways.zenfolio.com/p536504184)) I'd seen of a Keswick to Euston service: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_fergusons/28173177969/in/album-72157677753048331/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_fergusons/28173177969/in/album-72157677753048331/)

Also gave my NCB tank a run around. Normally just shunts near the brewery:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_fergusons/39988263782/in/album-72157677753048331/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_fergusons/39988263782/in/album-72157677753048331/)

And today my nuclear flask wagon arrived. Read somewhere they started being double headed sometime in the 90s so this kinda works:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_fergusons/39996248272/in/album-72157677753048331/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_fergusons/39996248272/in/album-72157677753048331/)
Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: Potter80 on June 16, 2018, 09:45:28 PM
Haven't done many additions to the layout recently. Seem to spending most of my time playing with trains rather than modelling. That said add a few bits. A signal from P&D Marsh Railways, speed limit sign, some telegraph poles and a station sign. Not entirely happy with the feet of the station sign, so may remove these and see how it stands without them (have a spare if it refuses to stay upright).

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/6385-160618214039.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=66504)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/6385-160618214151.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=66505)

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/66/6385-160618214307.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=66506)

Also been making a few videos. Uploaded the first one to flickr, link below. It's of the Sectorisation Era which my layout wasn't designed for but I think it looks ok. Had some old wagons from that era in my collection and found plenty of inspiration from flickr of trains in the Whitehaven area in that era.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_fergusons/42791203472/in/datetaken-ff/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_fergusons/42791203472/in/datetaken-ff/)

Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: Potter80 on November 27, 2018, 09:37:52 PM
Over the past few months I've been doing a bit more research into the old buildings of Whitehaven and came across this photo which I thought I'd try and model in the bit of the layout that wasn't finished yet. It's the pub my Dad used to drink in many years ago and the building to the side of it houses a conveyor belt taking coal from Haig Pit down to the harbour for loading onto wagons which seem to have been MGRs around the time of this photo. 

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/71/6385-271118213145.png) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=71962)

So far have knocked up a model of the pub and made a mock up of the coal conveyor belt building which I'll make from corrugated plastic sheeting. Have changed the order of the buildings so the conveyor belt goes up into the backboard and along to the right leaving the pub in the foreground/left side. The car park infront of the pub will also have an old miners "memorial" which used to be a small narrow gauge mining train back in the day. Can't find any photos of it so will be going of memory.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/71/6385-271118212358.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=71960)

Here's another photo I found of the coal wagons being loaded around the corner from the pub which might be of interest.

(http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/71/6385-271118212731.jpeg) (http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=71961)

Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: red_death on November 28, 2018, 11:33:06 AM
The MGRs are being pulled by one of the NCB Hunslets (as being produced RTR by the NGS)!

The tubs/tippler (?) wagons were replaced with this: https://goo.gl/images/VYMUqr

Like you I can't find any pictures of the original memorial.

Cheers, Mike

Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: Potter80 on November 28, 2018, 06:21:24 PM

Yeah I think I ordered one shortly after finding this photo! Can't recall which livery I went for in the end but I'm sure it'll be fine!

Was thinking about trying out one these to represent the mine wagons. Seem the right sort of size/scale. Also gives me a excuse to try a 3D printed model as well as there are few on the same site which I fancy but want to start with something cheap/easy first. The Furness Railway Coppernob by Newman Minatures looks quite cool.

https://www.shapeways.com/product/QS8MNRATE/ore-cart-nn3scale?optionId=12368688&li=marketplace (https://www.shapeways.com/product/QS8MNRATE/ore-cart-nn3scale?optionId=12368688&li=marketplace)

Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: Potter80 on December 13, 2018, 08:49:30 PM
Completed the coal conveyor building. Used Slaters 1mm planking for the sides which by my calculations matched the photo and Ratios corrugated plastic for the roof. The roof plastic is too thick but I don't think you notice it that much. After a few attempts at mixing the right grey got this result.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/72/6385-131218203525.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=72183)

Which after some varnish and a bit of weathering with humbrol weathering washes looked like this:

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/72/6385-131218203728.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=72184)

It's got more grime than the photo but I prefer it.

Would upload a photo of it on the layout but having a few issues getting it uploaded. Will try again tomorrow.
Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: Potter80 on December 22, 2018, 02:38:05 PM
And on the layout as promised. Think I'll leave it a few weeks before gluing down and adding more scenics around it but happy with the result

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/72/6385-221218143705.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=72583)
Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: port perran on December 22, 2018, 02:43:56 PM
Looks really good to me.
Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: Potter80 on June 14, 2019, 01:24:14 PM

After a month or two of deliberating I decided to redo the Brewery Area in a style more in keeping with the Whitehaven location I'm trying to represent. After a bit of googling came across this picture of the Old Brewery on Irish Street which provided the inspiration.

https://www.google.com/search?q=whitehaven+brewery&client=firefox-b-d&channel=trow&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwisvKaL9-jiAhWFs3EKHXNdALYQ_AUIESgC&biw=711&bih=440#imgrc=L1ewWGp_TX65DM: (https://www.google.com/search?q=whitehaven+brewery&client=firefox-b-d&channel=trow&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwisvKaL9-jiAhWFs3EKHXNdALYQ_AUIESgC&biw=711&bih=440#imgrc=L1ewWGp_TX65DM:)

In the linked photos (was having issues uploading photos to the forum) you can see I've repainted the main buildings in a pastel shade as you've expect to see on Irish Street, removed the platform and extended it to include a yard crane at the far end. Created a court yard with the addition of a few scratch built buildings from plasticard and added another pub (what another one?) from a Metcalfe kit I had. Not 100% happy with paint finish on all the buildings. Seems a bit lumpy in places when viewed up close but from a regular viewing distance it looks ok.

Some initial painting and new platform starting to take shape:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_fergusons/48060837766/in/album-72157677753048331/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_fergusons/48060837766/in/album-72157677753048331/)

New buildings added forming the courtyard and full platform:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_fergusons/48060840136/in/album-72157677753048331/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_fergusons/48060840136/in/album-72157677753048331/)

New pub John Paul Jones and a brewery cart on the way up the hill to the other pub.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_fergusons/40650173273/in/album-72157677753048331/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_fergusons/40650173273/in/album-72157677753048331/)

"Finished" buildings, new platform and yard crane:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_fergusons/48060838681/in/album-72157677753048331/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_fergusons/48060838681/in/album-72157677753048331/)

Have still to do the entrance, decide on some weathering, add guttering to all the buildings and add a few more people and horses to bring the place to life.

Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: Potter80 on June 14, 2019, 01:29:40 PM
Forgot to add I've added some new videos to Youtube as Flickr no longer seems to accept my videos if you're interested:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtQ4GW8wRFIKGeIyHYXGUUQ?view_as=subscriber (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtQ4GW8wRFIKGeIyHYXGUUQ?view_as=subscriber)

Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: DarrwestLU6 on June 14, 2019, 04:12:26 PM
I really like what you’ve done with the brewery! Great photos and video.
Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: crewearpley40 on June 14, 2019, 05:26:23 PM
THANK YOU FOR SHARING SUCH superb work with those buildings
Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: Potter80 on June 14, 2019, 07:57:55 PM
Thank you.

 It was fun for the most part. Had a few instances when walls and roofs didn't line up properly despite the measurements being apparently correct which prompted the odd swear word. I built the buildings with cereal boxes first to test the design as recommended in one of the n gauge society guides which helped a lot and saved on wasted plasticard and roofing sheets.

Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: Newportnobby on June 14, 2019, 09:38:27 PM
Great set of vids which I really enjoyed, although the music chiming in part way through made me jump! Nice variety of stock you have.
Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: Potter80 on June 14, 2019, 09:56:21 PM
Cheers. Sorry about the music. It appeared I'd used copyright music in the original video which I tried to remove using the YouTube editor but guess it didn't remove all of it. I think it's sorted now.
Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: Potter80 on June 18, 2019, 08:09:59 PM
Just for fun I decided to try and convert some Graham Farish Shredded Wheat coaches into Furness Railway livery. Always liked the look and there aren't, to my knowledge, any RTR available so thought I'd give it a go.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_fergusons/48087861586/in/datetaken-ff/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_fergusons/48087861586/in/datetaken-ff/)

These are hand painted with a combination of paint brush and paint pen. Look ok from a distance I think but closer inspection shows up the mistakes. If anyone has any better suggestions for getting the paneling right would love to hear it.


Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: crewearpley40 on June 18, 2019, 08:19:51 PM
bit of fun. did you do any research on the livery ?

Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: Potter80 on June 18, 2019, 08:52:03 PM
Yeah, I found this website which backed up some of the images of the coaches I'd seen else where on the web and in a book I have on the history of the LMS.

https://www.igg.org.uk/rail/00-app2/lms/fr.htm (https://www.igg.org.uk/rail/00-app2/lms/fr.htm)

https://www.google.com/search?q=furness+railway+coach+livery&client=firefox-b-d&channel=trow&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwic26v-5fPiAhVbQUEAHS3FBVoQ_AUIECgB&biw=928&bih=440#imgrc=bChQePzDt8R2VM: (https://www.google.com/search?q=furness+railway+coach+livery&client=firefox-b-d&channel=trow&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwic26v-5fPiAhVbQUEAHS3FBVoQ_AUIECgB&biw=928&bih=440#imgrc=bChQePzDt8R2VM:)

I think i read later in the railways history they did away with the white paneling and went all blue which would be easier to paint but I wanted to try the paneling!
Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: crewearpley40 on June 18, 2019, 08:58:33 PM
precision paints have the colours

https://www.phoenix-paints.co.uk/products/precisionrailway/pregroup/furness (https://www.phoenix-paints.co.uk/products/precisionrailway/pregroup/furness)
Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: Potter80 on June 18, 2019, 09:09:52 PM
Thanks. That's where I got the blue from.:-)

The white is just a standard white I already had.

They also do the India Red for the locomotives but apart from Coppernob on Shapeways there aren't any Furness Railway engines available even in kit form which is a shame.
Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: belstone on June 19, 2019, 07:55:52 AM
Those coaches look very smart, and I doubt you'll find anyone else who has any. As for FR locos, I reckon a Union Mills 3F, some Plastikard and a bit of bodgery would give you one of these:


Main difference is the longer smokebox and different design of smokebox door, also the cab sides and roof will need work.  It looks possible to me, and then you'll have a loco that no-one else has. 

Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: Bealman on June 19, 2019, 08:01:14 AM
I love those coaches! Top job!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: Potter80 on June 19, 2019, 08:17:40 AM
Many thanks Richard. Really like the idea. Will look into it.

Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: belstone on June 19, 2019, 09:29:09 AM
Many thanks Richard. Really like the idea. Will look into it.

A lot of goods 0-6-0s looked very similar to each other which helps.  Just as an example, this ex North British J35 is actually a Farish 4F with a new firebox, cab, tender top and a few other bits.


I did a bit of Googling and found that the Furness were fond of 0-6-2 tanks with round-topped fireboxes.  Scratchbuilding projects don't get much easier - start with an old Farish Pannier chassis, a length of brass tube and some Plastikard, and go from there. Much more fun than just unboxing shiny new Chinese models.

Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: Potter80 on June 19, 2019, 08:31:33 PM
Thank you. Like it. Plenty of food for thought.
Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: Train Waiting on June 19, 2019, 08:38:19 PM
I love those coaches! Top job!  :thumbsup:


Best wishes.

Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: Potter80 on July 25, 2019, 07:45:32 PM
While the procrastination over how to create a Furness Railway Engine continues I've put together a new video of my LMS stock. Some new additions are some N Gauge Society and Peco Kits that I've made, some old Farish Mainline LMS Coaches which I may convert to more representative coaches in time and milk tanks.

The really noisy Crimson Black 5 is one of the oldest engines I've got but given the rough treatment its had over the years its a miracle it's still running.


It's a bit of a random selection based roughly on photos I've found on the Cumbrian Railways Association Website.

Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: crewearpley40 on July 25, 2019, 07:51:22 PM
Interesting project sure chris m at coniston would be interested
Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: joe cassidy on July 26, 2019, 12:15:12 PM
Great to see vintage Farish coaches in use.

I really like the landscaping of the exposed 180° turn at one end of the layout where you have bushy foliage on the inside of the turn and a rock face on the outside.

Best regards,

Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: Potter80 on July 26, 2019, 01:17:39 PM
I've been watching the Coniston layout develop. Looks very impressive. I think Chis has also been taking a more historically accurate approach to his rolling stock than mine! 

Thanks Joe. The rock was made using polystyrene and painted. The hill on the inside of the curve is masking tape over a sponge painted and then grass scatter and coloured lichen added.

Always wanted more coaches when I was kid. Was always drooling over them in catalogues like the link. And now many years later I've got them!  :D

http://www.ness-st.co.uk/pdf/Graham%20Farish%20Catalogue%201987.pdf (http://www.ness-st.co.uk/pdf/Graham%20Farish%20Catalogue%201987.pdf)
Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: crewearpley40 on July 26, 2019, 01:24:16 PM
Looking good.  keep up the good work, yes chris is very historical and accurate
Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: Potter80 on August 06, 2019, 09:11:07 PM
After some thinking I decided to modify an old Graham Farish Southern General Purpose Tank I have

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/6385-060819205222.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=80226)

to be close to the Furness Railway 0-6-0T linked below to haul my FR Carriages.


It's a model I'm unlikely to use anytime soon so a change to FR should give a new lease of life.

The first job was to file off the whistle and add the large steam regulator (?). Couldn't find a decent 3D view of it so I'm assuming it's circular/oval in shape.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/6385-060819205759.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=80228)

The to finish off this evenings modelling added the pipe work (a bit bigger than in the photo but I couldn't work with the smaller size wire) from the regulator and added a whistle. Also found a pen lid which is about the right size of the larger dome. I'll probably struggle to get the nice bell shape with my file but it's  a better match I think than the current small one.

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/80/6385-060819210135.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=80229)
Title: Re: Bransty
Post by: Potter80 on November 07, 2019, 08:41:18 PM
The Tank Engine is slowly nearing completion. Got a reasonable dome from the pen lid, added some handles from fine wire and a bit of external piping and then painted using Precision Paints Furness Railway Loco Red. The link below proved very useful for the colouring details. https://cumbrianrailways.zenfolio.com/p432956309 (https://cumbrianrailways.zenfolio.com/p432956309)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/83/6385-071119202758.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=83680)

Just need to add decals, lamp and add a front brake pipe which I noticed had disappeared during painting!

Here it is with the painted Farish 4 wheel Coaches and another with some more prototypical coaches from Ultima Models in an earlier FR livery (https://www.ultima-models.co.uk/catalogue/lms-fr.html (https://www.ultima-models.co.uk/catalogue/lms-fr.html)).
(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/83/6385-071119203349.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=83684)

(https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/gallery/83/6385-071119203315.jpeg) (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=gallery;sa=view&id=83683)

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